Ahead of India visit, Mike Pompeo makes congratulatory call to Jaishankar

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday spoke with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and underscored the Trump administration’s strong commitment to work closely with India to advance the bilateral strategic partnership, a top official has said. Pompeo, who will be visiting India from June 25-27, spoke with Jaishankar to congratulate the External Affairs Minister on his appointment, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said. The congratulatory call from Pompeo comes nearly three weeks after Jaishankar was appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his External Affairs Minister. “Pompeo underscored the…

China’s grand, gloomy sci-fi is going global

IN THE FUTURE, when the Sun runs out of fuel and begins to expand, Earthlings dig thousands of mountain-sized rockets into their planet’s surface and use them to propel their home away from certain destruction. Billions die, as to turn the Earth into an effective mobile ark, its natural rotation must be halted. The resulting tsunamis wipe out entire continents, and with them all life not safely ensconced underground. This is the plot of “The Wandering Earth”, a Chinese film adapted from a short story of the same name by…

Mike Pompeo Makes Congratulatory Call To S Jaishankar Before India Visit

Mike Pompeo will be visiting India from June 25 to June 27. (FILE PHOTO) Washington:  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday spoke with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and underscored the Trump administration’s strong commitment to work closely with India to advance the bilateral strategic partnership, a top official has said. Mr Pompeo, who will be visiting India from June 25 to June 27, spoke with Mr Jaishankar to congratulate the External Affairs Minister on his appointment, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said. The congratulatory call from Mr…

ASEAN set to debate trade, S. China Sea, Rohingya

AFP-JijiBANGKOK (AFP-Jiji) — Southeast Asian leaders will dissect the impact of the U.S.-China tariff war this weekend at a Bangkok summit, with Beijing determined to drive forward a trade pact sweeping in 40 percent of global commerce — but excluding America. Disputes in the flashpoint South China Sea and Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims are also likely to make the agenda at the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting starting Saturday in the Thai capital. But commerce will dominate, with the trade war between the world’s two biggest…

Another way China is ripping us off

Getty Images Iranian troops take part in the “National Persian Gulf day” in the Strait of Hormuz, on April 30, 2019. – The date coincides with the anniversary of a successful military campaign by Shah Abbas the Great of Persia in the 17th century, which drove the Portuguese navy out of the Hormuz Island, after which is named the waterway which separates the Gulf from the Sea of Oman. In the old days, it would have been absolutely essential for the United States to ensure that the Strait of…

Wenceslao: Being defeatist – SUNSTAR

HERE’S an interesting entry from vocabulary.com on the phrase “defeatist attitude”: Having a defeatist attitude means that you give up before you’ve even started, like the runner who is so convinced he’s going to lose the race that he doesn’t even bother to go to the starting line. When a Chinese boat rammed a Filipino fishing boat in Recto Bank, a territory within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) but which is being claimed by China as its own, defeatists stumbled upon one another in making light of the…

Vietnam protests Chinese aggression, thievery on South China Sea

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked with representatives from the Chinese embassy in Hanoi on Wednesday to protest Chinese vessels’ actions in driving away Vietnamese fishing boats, confiscating properties and fishing equipment from Vietnamese fishermen in the Paracel (Hoang Sa) Islands of the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. It demanded that China handle the situation properly. “Vietnam strongly opposes these actions and requests that China take strict action against the Chinese vessels, properly compensate the Vietnamese fishermen and educate Chinese crew members to refrain from repeating…